New Growth:

Bright Futures

New Growth: Bright Futures

Root Division is thrilled to present New Growth: Bright Futures, our annual Youth Art Exhibition & Extravaganza. New Growth showcases student artwork created throughout Root Division’s free after-school Youth Education Program. This year we’re partnering with a collective of youth-centered organizations to present dynamic live performances alongside hands-on all-ages art making activities. This year’s theme, Bright Futures, acknowledges the light of our students and teaching artists, who have overcome many challenges this year through their creativity and resilience, and who are leading the way towards a bright and inspiring future for us all. 

New Growth: Bright Futures will include interactive artist-led creative stations and spirited live music performances by Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, Loco Bloco, and SF Rock Project.

Exhibition Dates

May 4–26, 2022

Second Saturday Reception

May 14 | 1–4 pm

Root Division Partner Programs:

Bessie Carmichael Elementary
Bryant Elementary
Buena Vista Child Care
Filipino Education Center
Larkin Street Youth Services
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School
Mission Education Center
Sanchez Elementary

Root Division Artist Instructors:

Nicki Aquino, Filipinx Teaching Artist Fellow
Charlotte Beck
Aizik Brown, Artist-in-Action Studio Fellow
Viviana Martinez Carlos
Rachel Dean
Rebeca Flores, Latinx Teaching Artist Fellow
Alma Leppla, Latinx Teaching Artist Fellow
Benny Siam, Youth Education Coordinator
Ileana Tejada, Blau-Gold Studio Teaching Fellow
Christopher Williams, Black Teaching Artist Fellow

New Growth 2022 Performers:

New Growth 2022:  Partner


Root Division’s Youth Education Program recruits, trains, and places artists to teach free art classes at one of our eight partner sites—creating a link between practicing artists and each school’s community. We provide free art classes to over 1,000 underserved students in grades K-12 each year. Studio Artists volunteer one hour per week and choose the types of projects and media they are interested in teaching, acting as “artists-in-residence” for a semester at the partner site. Root Division assists the artists in formulating effective, age-appropriate lesson plans and project-based learning curricula while offering them guidance in working with youth. As a result, artists gain valuable experience teaching within the community, and young students are able to interact with adult mentors in the art-making process. All of Root Division’s partner programs serve a diverse group of students, most of which attend San Francisco Unified School District schools.

The New Growth Youth Art Exhibition + Celebration is free* with hands-on activities and live performances.

* Root Division is requiring proof of vaccination and/or valid negative test results as well as masks for all indoor activities. Events (especially those with food & beverage) will be limited capacity.

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